Malaysia: Sungai Segget rejuvenation to include 2nd sewage treatment plant

Halim Said New Straits Times 6 Apr 17;

JOHOR BARU: The next phase of the Sungai Segget rejuvenation project here will include construction of a second Centralised Sewerage Treatment Plant (CSTP).

Included in Phase 4 of the project, the plant, which will be situated in the upstream area of Sungai Segget, will be developed by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).

It is learnt that an integrated sewerage centralised distribution system will be included as part of the new CSTP.

State Health, Environment, Education and Information Executive Committee chairman, Datuk Ayub Rahmat, said Phase 4 of the project is currently being ironed out by IRDA and other relevant agencies in terms of location and design, and will include an underground sewerage connection to the new plant.

“The existing plant, which has already begun operations, caters to the downstream area of Sungai Segget, covering the entire commercial area of the city's Central Business District," he said after visiting the river.

Ayub said the Sungai Segget transformation project, which has restored the river's beauty, will complement the city's efforts to become a world-class city by 2020.

He added that flood mitigation – which is part of the RM240 million project – will also minimise the effects of flash floods in the city.

"The next phase of the project will be landscaping and beautification around the river's promenade, which will be maintained by the Johor Baru City Council," Ayub added.

Mayor calls for mindset change as river transformation nears completion
ZAZALI MUSA The Star 8 Apr 17;

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) will take stern action against those found dumping rubbish into Sungai Segget once the beautification project of the river is fully completed.

Johor Baru mayor A. Rahim Nin said the bad habit of throwing rubbish indiscriminately into the waterway could cause flash floods.

He said some RM240mil was spent under phase one and two of the rehabilitation and rejuvenation project of the river which flows in downtown Johor Baru.

Work on the centralised sewerage treatment plant (CSTP) and opening up and cleaning the river under phase one and two of the project was already completed last December.

“Millions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money will go down the drain or in this case the river if we are not able to keep Sungai Segget clean,” Rahim said in a press conference on April 5 during a closed-door briefing on the project by MBJB and Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) which was attended by Health, Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

Also present at the event was Irda Projects and Programme Management Office head Mohd Zam Mustaman.

“Right now, we want to educate the people to start changing their bad habits before the entire project is completed in December 2019,” said Rahim.

Mohd Zam added phase three involving landscaping and beautifications work on the river with the addition of trees, plants and boulders is expected to start in the third quarter of this year.

He said phase four of the project would involve areas in the river’s upstream such as Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir, Bukit Senyum and Kampung Wadi Hana.

“We are in the midst of conducting a feasibility study on the need to have a second CSTP for residents and businesses in these areas,” said Mohd Zaman.

Rejuvenating Sungai Segget
MOHD FARHAAN SHAH The Star 15 Apr 17;

JOHOR BARU: Malaysia’s second most polluted river, Sungai Segget, will be rejuvenated within a year following the opening of a RM120mil centralised sewerage treatment plant (CSTP) here.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) Projects and Programme Management Office head Mohd Zam Mustaman said that the CSTP was also the first vertical sewerage treatment plant in the country.

“We are very happy that the CSTP is now fully operational after going through three months of observation and testing period.

“It is about 45m high and is able to process more than 33,000 cubic metres of untreated water or equivalent to 14 Olympic-size swimming pool per day. We are currently taking in 10 percent of the total amount,” he added.

Mohd Zam pointed out that the CSTP was able to collect an average of five tonnes of garbage and seven tonnes of sullage per day while on full capacity.

“The 11-storey treatment plant is able to treat sewage from 150,000 residents living along the 3.6km-long river or around the city centre,” he said, adding that the CSTP was open for 24 hours with a workforce of more than 10 experts running it.

He said this during a media briefing on the CSTP building located along Jalan Susur Tun Abdul Razak here on Wednesday.

Mohd Zam added that the CSTP was constructed under the Sungai Segget Transformation Project where it was able to change its quality from a class IV river to a class IIB river.

A class IV river is classified as the most polluted river while a class IIB river is clean but the water is not safe for consumption.

“The main objective of this project is to clean up the Tebrau Straits.

“The CSTP is able to take in and clean up water from the upstream of Sungai Segget, and once we treat it through several processes, it will be channelled back into the river,” he said.

He also said that it would take between six months and a year for the CSTP to improve the quality of water in Sungai Segget.

Mohd Zam stressed that by improving its water quality, the public would be able to enjoy Sungai Segget that was once the pulse of Johor Baru city centre.

He added that the project was a collaboration programme between Irda and the Johor Baru City Council.

He said they would soon hand over the CSTP to the local authority.

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